Montreal Impact 3, New York Red Bulls 0 | 2018 MLS Match Recap
The Montreal Impact ambushed the MLS-leading New York Red Bulls 3-0 at Stade Saputo on Saturday evening, riding two first-half set-piece strikes to knock off an RBNY side missing several starters as they complete a draining stretch of five matches in 15 days.
The decisive goals came from Rod Fanni and Bacary Sagna, two of Impact coach Remi Garde's Francophone 2018 recruits, both via close-range headers and both first MLS tallies for the veteran defenders, who also contributed mightily to a tidy performance along the Montreal back line. RBNY dangerman Bradley Wright-Phillips was kept remarkably quiet all night, limited to just one shot (off target) and minimal touches inside the Impact penalty area.
The Red Bulls rotated usual back-line starters Tim Parker and Michael Murillo out of the starting lineup and dropped influential midfielder Tyler Adams out of the 18-man gameday roster altogether, leaving the young star at home ahead of his expected call-up to the US national team.
Tyler Adams did not travel. I’m told he’s fine. Played 180 minutes this week already and resting before USMNT call up. https://t.co/jxDVKm4Pb0— Steve Cangialosi (@CangyManMSG) September 1, 2018
- THE BIG PICTURE: RBNY are chasing the Supporters' Shield but IMFC needed this one far more urgently than they did, and it showed. The victory gives Montreal a bit of breathing room from the trio of teams in pursuit of their current spot in the standings, the Eastern Conference's sixth and final playoff berth.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Sagna's goal was key, arriving a few minutes before halftime and providing the Impact with the healthy lead they deserved after creating myriad scoring chances in the first 45.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: It may sound like a broken record, but it remains true that no one is more crucial to the Impact's hopes than Ignacio Piatti, and the Argentinean schemer was his usual dynamic self here, especially when transition opportunities opened up as RBNY chased the game.